It seems truly unfair that after dealing with an especially aggressive zit, diligently spot-treating it and handling it with the care of a surgeon for days and days on end, that another zit should pop back up in the same exact spot, just months, or even weeks, later. Like, why" What cruel force of nature allows pimples to keep resurfacing like a bad Tinder date that can’t take a hint" And how the hell do you prevent it from coming back"
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These aren?t rhetorical questions, mind you. I genuinely wanted?no, needed?to know, seeing as the hormonal zit on my jaw had gone from a four-day visitor to a permanent squatter over the last few months. So I asked Yale dermatologist and VPP (Very Patient Person) Mona Gohara, who I have on speed-dial for skin ?emergencies? like these. Her answer" It?s only partially your fault, and there?s definitely ways to fix it. YAY!
?If we?re talking about your classic, raised pimple with a visible whitehead, then chances are, it was spread by you picking at your skin or popping a nearby pimple at some point,? says Gohara. (Don?t even try to tell me that you never pop your pimples or touch your face, OK") ?Each time you pop your zits or try to squeeze them at all, you transmit bacteria into your other pores, while also causing inflammation in the surrounding tissue,? she says. Doesn?t sound like a huge deal, but when you consider the fact that inflammation is already a big cause of acne, you?re essentially throwing fuel onto the fire.
And, says Gohara, the inflammation and bacteria spreading is made a billion times worse if you?ve already been using acne-killing products on the area. ?When someone has a pimple, they tend to douse it with a ton of irritating, drying spot treatments, which weakens their skin?s barrier and compromises their good, healthy cells,? she notes. ?And when you irritate an already-compromised skin bar...